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Belles defeated by No. 50 Albion

Ellyn Michalak | Monday, April 23, 2007

The Belles couldn’t pull off a victory to maintain their second place standing in the MIAA, falling 8-1 Saturday to national No. 50 Albion at Saint Mary’s.

The Belles now hold an overall record of 10-12 and an MIAA mark of 5-3. After the loss to the Britons Saturday, the Belles now are fourth in the MIAA, sitting behind Kalamazoo, Hope and Albion.

“I think that our team is a little disappointed in the outcome of Saturday’s match,” freshman Camille Gebert said. “On a personal level it was a really good win to pull out going into conference tournament. [Briton freshman Holly Huth] was a really tough player, and the conditions were kind of rough. It boosted my confidence to go into [the MIAA Tournament] this coming weekend.”

The Britons dominated in singles, as the Belles only earned one victory. That came in the No. 2 singles spot where Gebert defeated Britons freshman Holly Huth 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 1 singles, Britons senior Emily Stocker defeated Belles senior captain Kelly McDavitt 6-2 and 6-1. In the third singles match of the day, Belles freshman Lisa Rubino fell after a tie breaker 6-4, 7-6 to Britons freshman Michelle Mulder.

Belles senior Tara O’Brien fell to Britons junior Emily Gundersen 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Saint Mary’s junior Cassie Quaglia fell to Britons junior Jenny Bringham 6-4, 6-2 in the fifth singles spot. In the final singles match of the day, Britons freshman Anna Gundersen defeated Belles senior Grace Gordon in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

The Belles went scoreless in doubles play as well. In the first doubles match, the duo of McDavitt and Gebert were narrowly defeated by Britons Huth and Stocker 8-6. Belles netters O’Brien and Gordon were shut out 8-0 by the Britons duo of Mulder and Bringham at No. 2 doubles.

In the final doubles match of the day, the Belles freshman duo of Erin Kaplan and Rubino fell to Britons sister duo of Emily and Anna Gundersen 8-6.

The Britons now boast an MIAA conference record of 6-1 and an overall record of 11-5, good enough for third place.

The Belles have one more match in the regular season. They travel to Aquinas today in advance of the MIAA tournament that will take place at Kalamazoo, Mich., this weekend. Last season, the Saints narrowly defeated the Belles 5-4.

The match will begin today at 3 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Mich.

By: Ellyn Michalak

The Belles couldn’t pull off a victory to maintain their second place standing in the MIAA, falling 8-1 Saturday to nationally-ranked No. 50 Albion College. Where??

The Belles now hold an overall record of 10-12 and an MIAA ranking of 5-3. After the loss to the Britons Saturday, the Belles now are in fourth place in the MIAA, sitting behind Kalamazoo, Hope and Albion.

“I think that our team is a little disappointed in the outcome of Saturday’s match,” freshman Camille Gebert said, “On a personal level it was a really good win to pull out going into conference tournament. She was a really tough player, and the conditions were kind of rough. It boosted my confidence to go into the tournament this coming weekend.”

The Britons dominated in singles and the Belles only managed to pull off one victory in the number two singles spot where Gebert defeated Britons freshman Holly Huth 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 1 singles, Britons senior Emily Stocker defeated Belles senior captain Kelly McDavitt 6-2 and 6-1. In the third singles match of the day, Belles freshman Lisa Rubino fell after a tie breaker in two sets 6-4, 7-6 to Britons freshman Michelle Mulder.

Belles senior Tara O’Brien fell to Britons junior Emily Gundersen 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Junior Cassie Quaglia fell to Britons junior Jenny Bringham 6-4, 6-2 in the fifth singles spot. In the final singles match of the day, Britons freshman Anna Gundersen defeated Belles senior Grace Gordon in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

The Belles went scoreless in doubles play as well. In the first doubles match, the duo of McDavitt and Gebert were narrowly defeated by Britons Huth and Stocker 8-6. Belles netters O’Brien and Gordon were shut out 8-0 by the Britons duo of Mulder and Bringham 8-0 at No. 2 doubles.

In the final doubles match of the day, the Belles freshmen duo of Erin Kaplan and Rubino fell to Britons sister duo of Emily and Anna Gundersen 8-6.

The Britons now boast an MIAA conference record of 6-1 and an overall record of 11-5. PLACE

The Belles have one more match in the regular season. They travel to Aquinas to play the Aquinas today before the MIAA conference tournament that will take place at Kalamazoo, Mich. this weekend. Last season, the Saints narrowly defeated the Belles 5-4.

The match will begin today at 3 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Mich.